ATP and WTA Power Rankings: March 2009 Edition

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ATP and WTA Power Rankings: March 2009 Edition
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It's that time again where we pick up the calculators and pencils to have fun with some math. Yes, math. The Power Rankings are back, and more complete than ever.

How it works: Each player will be graded on multiple statistical categories. Those include wins, games won, games lost, WTA or ATP Tour points gained and the quality of opponents faced. All of these categories are grouped together painfully to come up with a final product.

Each player is awarded 100 PR (Power Rank) points to start, because in this formula, negative points are possible.

Players who have played four or less matches are not eligible. Players who have wins on the challenger tour will also not count.

So lets get to it, the Power Ten of the ATP and the WTA.

 

ATP

1. Andy Murray (GBR)

  • PR Points: 182.1
  • Record: 11-1
  • Level: White Hot

Murray has been machine-like in the month of March. Just throw him out on the court, and he will obliterate anything in his path. He disposed of five Top 25 players en route to picking up 1600 ATP Tour points out of a possible 2000.

 

2. Rafael Nadal (ESP)

  • PR Points: 153.1
  • Record: 9-1
  • Level: Scorching

Despite Nadal's minor blip against Del Potro in Miami, he has been nothing short of spectacular on a surface he would probably call his worst. He was not only beating good players, but beating them in convincing form.

 

3. Novak Djokovic (SRB)

  • PR Points: 126.1
  • Record: 8-2
  • Level: Lukewarm

Joker has been winning, but not decisively. But either way, he's got some quality wins on his resume, despite the disappointing show in California.

 

4. Andy Roddick (USA)

  • PR Points: 120.0
  • Record: 7-2
  • Level: On Fire

Is this the Roddick we can expect to see the rest of the season. I certainly hope so. He faced the best overall opposition of any player in the Top Ten and fared extremely well.

 

5. Roger Federer (SUI)

  • PR Points: 114.9
  • Record: 8-2
  • Level: Lukewarm 

A quiet 8-2 month for Federer has him at No. 5. He had several convincing wins, but he did not come through when it counted.

 

6. Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG)

  • PR Points: 111.3
  • Record: 7-2
  • Level: On Fire

Is he for real? An excellent second set against Murray would suggest a yes to that question. He hasn't had a letdown in a long time.

 

7. Fernando Verdasco (ESP)

  • PR Points: 109.4
  • Record: 6-2
  • Level: Lukewarm

The second conquistador making an appearance on the list, he has to feel upset after his injury loss to Murray. Apart from that, Verdasco has kept up his solid play since the incredible Australian Open run.

 

8. Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)

  • PR Points: 106.0
  • Record: 4-2
  • Level: Cool

Expecting someone else? Wawrinka has been silently producing results. Anybody who watched his match with Nadal in Miami would realize this immediately.

 

9. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)

  • PR Points: 104.4
  • Record: 4-2
  • Level: Cool

Tsonga did not play his best against Djokovic, and it showed. But apart from that, can't complain with the Boxer's performance on the hard court. He was next to untouchable on serve.

 

10. Ivan Ljubicic (CRO)

  • PR Points: 104.1
  • Record: 4-2
  • Level: Cool/Ice

Well look what the cat brought home. Yep, it's the same guy. Despite a first round loss in Miami, a run to the quarterfinals in Indian Wells where he knocked out Gilles Simon and Igor Andreev bumps him into the Top Ten.

 

 

WTA

1. Victoria Azarenka (BLR)

  • PR Points: 164.7
  • Record: 10-1
  • Level: White Hot

Who else would it be? After charging to the semifinals at Indian Wells, she took her game up even another notch in Miami to claim her first Tier One championship.

 

2. Vera Zvonareva (RUS)

  • PR Points: 146.4
  • Record: 7-1
  • Level: Scorching

Zvonareva, a Moscow native, found the desert to be oddly comforting. She was invincible in the sands, but fell to an upset in Miami. She'll be back.

 

3. Serena Williams (USA)

  • PR Points: 118.7
  • Record: 5-1
  • Level: On Fire

Love her, hate her, but either way, she is nearly impossible to beat when she is on top of her game. The decision to skip Indian Wells essentially cost her the top spot.

 

4. Venus Williams (USA)

  • PR Points: 118.0
  • Record: 4-1
  • Level: Lukewarm

Sister see, sister do. Venus nearly scores the same as Serena in the PR Points. The difference is that Serena won their meeting.

 

5. Ana Ivanovic (SRB)

  • PR Points: 117.6
  • Record: 6-2
  • Level: On Fire

Another Indian Wells finalist who fell to an upset bid in Miami. That seemed to be the popular trend, as three of the four finalists (Ivanovic, Zvonareva and Nadal) all were upset in Key Biscayne. Give her some credit, she is looking more and more like the Ana who won a Slam last year.

 

6. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)

  • PR Points: 111.9
  • Record: 5-2
  • Level: Lukewarm

That's still a mouthful of a name. I like Agi better. She did not back down from playing some very good opponents. Look for her to do damage sooner rather than later.

 

7. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)

  • PR Points: 111.4
  • Record: 6-2
  • Level: Lukewarm

She trails Radwanska by a fraction, but she has been a little unlucky to be honest. It has hurt her rank by playing overachieving wild cards, despite winning those matches.

 

8.Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)

  • PR Points: 108.2
  • Record: 4-2
  • Level: Cool/Lukewarm 

She bounced right back after essentially doing nothing in the desert. Give her kudos for an excellent Miami tournament, both in singles and doubles. She was one of the few who pushed Azarenka to her limits.

 

9. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)

  • PR Points: 107.9
  • Record: 6-2
  • Level: Lukewarm

The draw-makers did her no favors in Miami. After a dream tournament at Indian Wells where she found herself in the semifinals, she was dumped with the daunting task of facing Azarenka in the second round. She too will be back for more.

 

10. Agnes Szavay (HUN)

  • PR Points: 105.9
  • Record: 4-2
  • Level: Cool

She pulled the upset of her life by defeating Ivanovic in the third round of Miami. Her two losses, to Radwanska and Azarenka, are not poor losses either.

 

Stay tuned until next time!

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